Materials Science and Engineering News

Stanford team developing gel-like padding that could help cells survive injection and heal spinal cord injuries

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A team of engineers and scientists is developing a gel to help protect cells from the trauma of being injected into an injury site. The work could help speed cell-based therapies for spinal cord injuries and other types of damage.

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Rapid charging and draining doesn’t damage lithium ion battery electrodes as much as thought.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A team including Stanford engineers discovers that the benefits of slow draining and charging may have been overestimated.

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Paul McIntyre named chair of Materials Science and Engineering

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The professor is an expert on developing inorganic nanostructures for semiconductor and energy applications.

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Stanford Team Achieves 'Holy Grail' of Battery Design: A Stable Lithium Anode

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The development could lead to smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries.

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Stanford team aims to improve storage in batteries used in cellphones, iPods, more

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A team led by Yi Cui, an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering and at SLAC, is working to make a better battery by making the cathode of sulfur instead of today's lithium-cobalt oxide.

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Researchers led by Stanford engineer figure out how to make more efficient fuel cells

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Using high-brilliance X-rays, researchers track the process that fuel cells use to produce electricity, knowledge that will help make large-scale alternative energy power systems more practical and reliable.

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Stanford engineers envision an electronic switch just three atoms thick

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Computer simulation shows how to make a crystal that would toggle like a light switch between conductive and non-conductive structures. This could lead to flexible electronic materials and, for instance, enable a cell phone to be woven into a shirt.

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Storing solar energy in the strangest places

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

At a TEDx Stanford talk, Assistant Professor William Chueh discusses how to make solar energy available when and where it's needed.

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Stanford and MIT engineers find new way to harness waste heat

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Researchers have developed a new battery technology that captures waste heat and converts it into electricity.

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Like a hall of mirrors, nanostructures trap photons inside ultrathin solar cells

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In the quest to reduce solar energy costs, Stanford engineers survey how researchers are trying to get more bang per buck inside the silicon crystals where light meets matter to make energy.

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Stanford engineers make flexible carbon nanotube circuits more reliable and efficient

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Researchers invent a process to 'dope' carbon filaments with an additive to improve their electronic performance, paving the way for digital devices that bend.

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New ‘pomegranate-inspired’ design solves problems for lithium-ion batteries

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Clustering silicon nanoparticles overcomes several remaining obstacles to using silicon for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries, researchers say.

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President Obama selects two Stanford engineers for early career award

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sigrid Close, an assistant professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Jennifer Dionne, an assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

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Letter from the Dean

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Stanford engineers have always tackled the biggest challenges, and the past academic year was no exception.

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Stanford Engineering Year in Review

Monday, December 16, 2013

Stanford engineers are driven to change the world, and 2013 was no exception. Stanford Engineering faculty and students blazed new trails in energy, nanotechnology, bioengineering, education and many other fields.

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Study to assess how heat and moisture will affect the lifespan of utility-scale photovoltaic arrays

Monday, November 25, 2013

Three-year, $1.165 million award to Professor Reinhold Dauskardt is part of the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to make solar fully competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020.

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Stanford study could lead to paradigm shift in organic solar cell research

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A new study by Stanford scientists overturns a widely held explanation for how organic photovoltaics turn sunlight into electricity.

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Stanford engineers and SLAC scientists invent self-healing battery electrode

Friday, November 15, 2013

A team of Stanford engineers and SLAC scientists has made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices.

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Stanford faculty awarded $2.2 million for innovative energy research

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded 11 seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.

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IBM/SLAC team controls switching behavior of promising electronic material

Monday, October 21, 2013

Research could aid development of more energy-efficient electronic devices.

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Stanford engineers develop fuel cell that can deliver record power-per-square inch at record-low temperatures

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bumpy redesign of solid oxide membrane offers more surface area for reaction and leads to better performance.

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Stanford students' solar-powered car places fourth in international race across the Australian outback

Friday, October 11, 2013

Luminos, the solar car built by Stanford students, crossed the Australian outback in five days, finishing fourth overall in the World Solar Challenge. Stanford was the first American team to the finish line and notched the team's best result in decades.

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Stanford scientists use 'wired microbes' to generate electricity from sewage

Monday, September 16, 2013

Interdisciplinary team creates 'microbial battery' driven by naturally occurring bacteria that evolved to produce electricity as they digest organic material.

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Stanford nanotechnology experts share ideas with California teachers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thirteen middle school teachers came to Stanford to learn about nanotechnology and to develop hands-on activities to use in their classrooms.

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Materials Scientist Wins Young Scientist Award

Friday, June 28, 2013

William Chueh is honored by the International Society of Solid-State Ionics for his pioneering use of X-ray spectroscopy to improve electrochemical reactions central to batteries, fuel cells and water splitting membranes.

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